SRich wrote: ↑Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:36 am
Will the catenary be high enough for double stack trains?
It does not matter either way. Caltrain tracks being electrified between San Francisco and San Jose are owned by Caltrain. The freight railroad companies have access rights to service local freight customers will be sharing the same tracks, none of the freight customers will be a container business. Almost all, if not all, container businesses in the Bay Area are located in the East Bay Area where the freight railroad companies own the tracks. Therefore, it really does not matter if the Caltrain new catenaries allow double stack container trains or not.
Additionally, when the CHSR tracks are laid parallel to the UP tracks south of San Jose towards Gilroy, it will also not matter. CHSR trains will be running on CHSR owned electrified tracks and all the double stack container trains in the same corridor will be running on UP owned non-electrified tracks. The HSR passenger trains will be physically isolated from freight trains, and vice versa - the double stack container trains will be physically isolated from CHSR trains.